Massaman Beef Curry - Chef Recipe by Matt Sinclair

Massaman Beef Curry - Chef Recipe by Matt Sinclair


1.5kg chuck steak, cubed
3 Tbs vegetable oil (or any neutral oil)
2 tins Massaman curry paste
500g potatoes, cubed
500mL coconut cream (reserve 2 Tbs for garnish)
500mL water, or stock
800g whole lightly roasted peanuts (plus extra for garnish)
20g crispy shallots (plus extra for garnish)
3 Tbs palm sugar
3 Tbs fish sauce
2 Tbs tamarind puree
Coriander, to serve
500g mixed greens (such as beans and broccolini) to serve
Steamed rice, to serve


Preheat oven to 160 C.

Place a large heavy-based saucepan on a medium-high heat. Once hot, add oil and fry off curry paste for 6-8 minutes, until lightly caramelised and smelling sweet.

Add beef and coat in the curry paste. Continue to fry off to seal the beef for a further 5-6 minutes.

Sprinkle in palm sugar and cook for about 3-5 minutes to caramelise and deepen in colour. Once it has reached a deep red colour, add in fish sauce, tamarind, coconut cream, water, peanuts, shallots and a big pinch of salt. Add potatoes and let them submerge into the liquid.

Stir all ingredients together, bring to a simmer. Once simmering, place lid on and put into the oven at 160 C for about 3 hours.

Check tenderness of beef after 3 hours – you should be able to cut it with a spoon. Taste and adjust seasoning to suit; the taste should be mildly spicy with a sweet, sour and salty balance.

Use a pot or microwave to steam greens, season with salt.

Garnish curry with coconut cream, shallots, peanuts and fresh coriander.

Serve with steamed rice.

Credits: Australian Beef

Photo Credits: Australian Beef

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